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Book in the Museum Collection

In Alix, Alberta, Maps, Research, Settlers, Trails on November 30, 2018 at 11:10 AM

maps and stories of the early Trails in alberta

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Westling School

In Alix, Alberta, Museums, School, School Teachers, School Trustees, Settlers on November 28, 2018 at 4:25 PM

From “Westling School No. 556”

From Pioneers and Progress Alix Clive Historical Club 1974

The first official minutes we have of this area is January 30, 1901 when Wm. Henry was appointed chairman at a school board meeting.  Erick Westling was appointed Secretary-Treasurer and W.B. Mitchell, director.  In February another meeting was held and it was decided to build a school and raise the money by debenture, its location to be on northeast corner of the N.E. ¼ 18-41-21-W4. The land itself was donated by Mr. Forcht.  The debenture was for $600.00 with interest not more than 7% to be repaid in ten equal annual installments.  Later that year at a general meeting, Fred Henry was elected to take the place of M. Mitchell, and Griffin A. Meadows was also elected.  The lumber for a building 20 x 26 feet was purchased from the Co-op company in Lacombe for the sum of $235.00 Fred Westling’s tender was accepted as carpenter.

John Cline was paid $19.00 for delivery of 20 cords of wood to the new school house and the trustees ordered a map of the United States and one of the North West Territories for use in the school.

At a board meeting in 1902, Miss Jean Short was hired as a teacher for a ten-month term at $45.00 a month.   She boarded at the Hartle farm.  The janitor received 50 cents a week and L. Forcht got $4.00 for painting the school building.  The taxes at this time were $4.00 a quarter section.  In 1905 this was raised to $6.40 a quarter with 8% deducted if paid in 30 days.

In July 1903, Mr. Lawrence Cowan was hired as teacher at $50.00 dollars a month.  In 1907, plans were made to build a barn for the children’s horses.  In 1909 the school year was established to consist of an eight-month term, September [through] December [and] March [through] June.  Mrs. Allison, teacher at the time, was paid $65.00 a month for 8 months.

In 1910, as the school was crowded, money was borrowed to build 1o feet onto its length.

About 1943 it was decided to build a new school.  Part of the original school house is at the Westling Museum, as is the school clock bought in 1902 for $6.50.  The teacherage was bought by Lloyd Grose.  The following is a list of trustees from 1901 to 1926: Erick Westling, Wm. Henry, W.B. Mitchell, Griffin A. Meadows, Fred Henry, John Cline, Olaf Strandberg, W, Forcht, C.F. Thompson, Wm. Talentyre, L.A. Larrance, Geo. Hartle, S.M. Lindemood, Art.Strandberg, L.R. Forcht, J. Spink, E. Jeglum, E. Bennett, Astor Strandberg, R.H. Haskins, W, H. Sommerville and Dave Spink.

Teachers, as far as the records show, were: Miss short, 1902; Mr. L. Cowan, 1903; Mrs. Will Allison, 1907; Miss Annie Reynolds, 1909; Mr. Harold Simpson, 1911; Mrs. Jane Sage, Mr. Ferguson, Mr. Sutherland, Mrs. W. H. Somerville, Miss Peterson, Mrs. A. Davis, Miss Caine, Mrs. Keene, Mrs. Illsley, C.J. Williams, Miss Ruby Henn, Miss Lois Pye, Nellie McLean, Mrs. Ray Harris, M.J. Baker, Mabel Dowling, Mrs. Ringsage, Winnifred Johnson, Irene G. Walton, Dorothea Allison, Vic Winters, Don Scot, Miss Eabie, Mrs. Vergil Neis, Dot Bugler, Mabel Mappin, Dorothy Percifield, Mrs. Turnbull, Elizabeth Reimer, Jean Hill, Velma Hockenhull, E.M. Metz, Marge Davidson, Marian Grose, Mrs. Anderson, and J. Weenick.

1972 School Gardens

In Alix, Alberta, School on November 23, 2018 at 10:41 AM

Some award plaques from the days of school gardens and bench shows are on display at the Alix Wagon Wheel Museum.

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Remembrance Day Display

In Alix, Alberta on November 22, 2018 at 5:09 PM
Thanks to Veterans’ Affairs for much of this material.

Herb and George Timpe

In Alix, Alberta on November 22, 2018 at 5:02 PM


a recent gift of the story with photos of the two brothers who served in the Second World War.

From Elmer Primus and Family – by Merle” part 2.

In Alix, Alberta, Pioneer Farming, Pioneer tools & Machinery, Settlers on November 21, 2018 at 12:59 PM

From “Elmer Primus and Family – by Myrle” part 2

Excerpted from Pioneers and Progress Alix-Clive Historical Club, 1974.

Elmer began working for “Wong Loon Groceries” after school and on Saturdays.  They used to grind up about 40 pounds of coffee every Saturday morning, then package it.  The brown sugar came in hundred-pound jute bags.  It had to be packaged, also raisins, currants, beans, even cookies came in large boxes.

They had to unpack about 10 or 12 dozen eggs a week per farm family.  They were packed in chop or grain to keep them from breaking on the buggies or wagons.  A few had the large egg crates.  You brought one-pound prints of butter and with eggs, gave the farmer credit, with which he bought the other groceries he needed.  Many people would only buy butter or eggs that certain people had brought in.

Eddie Wong came out from China and had completed school there, so Elmer was asked to take him to school to learn English.  First, he had a desk at the back in Grade I, then each week he would move up a grade.  He mostly had to learn new ways of doing mathematics and the English language.  It didn’t take him long.

After completing his schooling Elmer decided he wanted to farm so he moved out with [his brother] Hillert and Hazel.

Every Friday and Saturday night for a year and a half he worked for George Darlow in the show hall as an apprentice in the projection room.  Everything was hand operated.  The hall was upstairs over the pool room.  Pat L’Hirondelle ran the engine to create electricity.  Then Mr. Darlow sold out; that finished that job.

People were just starting to drive cars so everyone wanted somewhere to go so they had good crowds.  The streets had many model “T” Fords and the hitching posts had teams and top buggies as well as the wagons etc.

Hillert moved to Open Valley District so Elmer batched for 10 years…. He trapped rats, hunted, sheared sheep, raised pigs and ran around.

from Elmer Primus and Family- by Merle

In Alix, Alberta, Pioneer Farming, Settlers on November 14, 2018 at 10:37 AM

Excerpted from 74Pioneers and Progress Alix-Clive Historical Club, 1981.

part one

Elmer was born March 24, 1906 in a dugout on S.W. ¼ of 27-39-23 west of Alix.  Primuses had built a house but were not quite ready to move.

He loved rabbits better than cats or dogs for pets.  He got a pair of rabbits from Steve Foster, both does, then he got one from Mr. McGonigal and it was a doe.  Finally, he sent to Stettler for a buck.  The rabbit cost 50 cents and the express was 60 cents.  After that, they multiplied well and he soon had 60 or 70.

When it was near Easter, they would put away a few eggs every day, then Easter morning they went out and brought in two or three dozen They were boiled and the big thing was, who could eat the most boiled eggs.

At that time, they had a couple of coyote hounds that needed feeding, so his rabbits kept disappearing.  There were quite a few empty twenty-two shells around the yard, so I guess the older brothers were instructed to limit them a bit.  They had taken over the green feed, cow mangers, etc.  Elmer was very worried.  They finally ran out of rabbits.

Then he visited the Sargent boys.  They did enough sneaking, from their father’s tobacco pouch during the week, to have a smoke behind the barn on Sunday.

In the winter he trapped weasels and muskrats.  In those days, you could walk as far as you could stand to go, as these animals were quite plentiful and not too many were trapping.

Every Sunday, they had to carry in snow as Monday was wash day, regardless.  The wood pile, also, had to be carried to the house, and he was the youngest.

Then the Primuses bought the Harbottle house.  They had six acres with the creek running through the edge. They and other families used to put chicken wire across the creek, then a couple of people would go in and chase the fish up to it, and catch them.  The fish were suckers and pike.  They split them down the back, then cleaned and salted them overnight, and next day smoked them.  Dad Primus was the smoking boss.  He laid them on a chicken wire rack over a bed of coals from willow wood.

Elmer and Lou rode horses to school.  Elmer took his saddle horse called Buster to town, so he could ride tout to Hillert’s farm on weekends.  Later he traded Buster off to Tom Ralston for a younger horse called “Tewie”.  He was very hard to catch after being turned out to pasture.  It took his Dad, Mother, and himself to catch “Tewie” every Friday night.

Once when they were going to feed cattle the tongue of the bob sleigh came down and bumped the wagon up in the air throwing Elmer out. He must have struck his leg as he went, as he landed in the snow with his left leg broken at the thigh.  Hillert went for orris; they loaded him in the wagon and took him to town.  Dr. Hart, an Alix doctor, looked after it.  For six weeks he lay in bed with a weight attached to it, Jack Pears visited him every night.  All the kids were good; even we girls visited him.  He played a lot of cards, darned socks, and played the violin.  Still, he thought it was a long time.

While in school, all the boys went swimming in the creek, in the nude.  We had an hour and a half noon then.

from the Alix High School Yearbook, the Inkspot, 1964

In Alix, Alberta, Images, Museums, School on November 7, 2018 at 8:39 AM

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Ludlow Lemont Cassidy / Jean Waters

In Alix, Alberta, Museums, School, School Teachers, Settlers on November 3, 2018 at 8:19 AM

From “Ludlow Lemont Cassidy”

Ludlow Lemont Cassidy married Jean Elizabeth Waters.  They were Canadians who moved to Massachusetts, U.S., and later returned to Canada, coming west to settle in Mirror.  They came via the Grand Trunk Pacific and as the line was not completed around the Great Lakes at that time, they had to detour by way of Chicago, then come back up to Winnipeg, and west.

Their daughter Edith went to Normal School in Camrose and taught school in Ripley, Mirror, Clive, Sargent, and Tees districts, and lastly at Saskatoon, retiring at Easter in 1920 when she married Mr. Joe Boyde.  They had a family of six children.  Edith’s son Percy married Mae Estell of Mirror.  Gordon Cassidy stayed in Mirror with his parents until they passed on, after which time he sold out and moved to B.C. to reside.

Excerpted from Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974.


Remembrance Day Display of the past

In Alix, Alberta, Churches on November 1, 2018 at 10:12 AM

Do you remember this exhibit?

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